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Rotary Pledges Commitment To Peace, Dev In N’ Delta

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The Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan District  9141, has assured its commitment towards the promotion of peace and development in the Niger Delta region.
The newly installed  President of the District, Rtn  Dolapo Boma Tella Attoni, disclosed this during his formal inauguration as the 3rd President of the Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan District  9141, at Lassie Pavilion in Port Harcourt last Sunday.
Rtn  Attoni said the promotion of peace and development was a cardinal objective of the Rotary Club, and assured that his administration would embark on public awareness campaigns and sensitisation programmes against cultism among youths in the Niger Delta.
He added that educational development and healthcare delivery will also receive priority attention by his administration within the catchment of coverage of the district.
He urged fellow rotarians to remain committed to the virtues of “service above self” which is the hallmark of rotary, and thanked the district for the opportunity to serve as the president.
Rtn Attoni also commended his predecessor, Rtn Tamunoibim Semenitari for the outstanding achievements recorded under her tenure, especially in human capital   education and health care.
Earlier, in her valedictory speech,the immediate past  president of the District, Rtn Tamunoibim Semenitari, had thanked the district for the goodwill and support she enjoyed during her administration.
She expressed confidence in the abilty of the new president to deliver quality services to  humanity.
In her remark, the chairman of the installation planning  committee, Alaribe Ogbonda thanked members of the committee for their commitment towards the successful inauguration of the new president.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of award to distinguished rotarians.

 

Taneh Beemene

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Herdsmen, Farmers Clashes: Okowa Challenges FG To Tell Nigerians Truth

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Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged the Federal Government to disclose to Nigerians the steps it had taken so far to stem the trend of clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
He decried the frequent loss of lives from herdsmen attacks on defenceless farmers and other Nigerians, and insisted that the Federal Government must curb the menace through stringent measures.
Okowa revealed that his administration was doing its best to check the havoc being wrecked by Fulani herdsmen on famers through interface with critical stakeholders but expressed regret that his efforts had been restrained by his limited control of security apparatus.
The Governor, who made the call during an Annual Lecture Series organised by Onu Ika Nigeria at Abavo, Ika South Local Government Area of the state, expressed sadness that Nigerians have been kept in the dark over the menace for too long.
“The Federal Government has to tell Nigerians the steps it had taken to stem the ugly trend”, Governor Okowa insisted.
On irregular migration of youths seeking greener pastures in foreign countries and increasing child-trafficking cases, he charged parents and caregivers to live up to their responsibility by openly condemning the act and restrain their children from embarking on such dangerous journeys.
Okowa condemned the situation where parents mounted undue pressure on their children and wards to embark on journeys to Europe through the desert, saying that the lives of many promising Nigerians had been lost in the process.
Earlier, the Head, Collective Leadership, Onu Ika Nigeria, Mr Daniel Usifor, had said in an address that “for three consecutive years, Onu Ika has consistently forewarned of the devastating influx of these deadly Fulani herdsmen in our communities.
“We even saw them as foot soldiers on reconnaissance mission waiting for trigger action or orders to act; we also cautioned that there is an undeclared war in Nigeria.”
He urged the government to take actions to check the menace of the herdsmen and thanked the governor for his administration’s commitment to the development of the state.

 

Albert Ograka, Asaba

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State Of ADP Worries Rivers Stakeholder

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The President, Etche Cooperative Union, Amb. Godwin Akandu, has expressed concern over the poor state of the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Rivers State.
Amb Akandu said with the current state of ADP offices across the state, rural farmers may not benefit much and appealed to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, to help in revamping them for more effective impact on local farmers.
He said most of the ADP offices across the state are in a pitiable state, deroofed, and taken over by wild bushes and reptiles.
“His Excellency has shown interest in commercial agriculture this year, those of us in agric sector give him kudos for such proclamation.
“I am soliciting that ADP in the 23 LGAs should be revamped. A typical example is the one in Okehi wild bush and reptiles have taken over the area”, he stated.
Akandu explained that in the past, ADP offices provided technical advice, inoculation or vaccines to the local farmers in an event of outbreak but regretted that such assistance were today hardly there to help the farmers.
Akandu who is also the Treasurer, Rivers State Cooperative Federation, said Rivers state is not only the oil capital of Nigeria but a state with enviable potentials in agriculture.
He, however, regretted that political leaders especially at the local government level merely pay lip service to agriculture instead of really supporting the rural farmers.
“If you go to these councils, they have HODs, Supervisors for Agriculture, which facilities are they actually supervising?

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Vaccination Against Meningitis Begins In Rivers, Today

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The Federal Government’s programme introducing Meningitis vaccine into the existing immunisation programme begins today in Rivers State.
Declaring the programme open in a parley with the media at the weekend in Port Harcourt, the Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board (RSPHCMB), Dr Agiriye Monima Harry, said the actual commencement of the targeted category of children will commence today in all primary health care facilities in the state.
Dr Harry, who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Community Health Services of the board, Dr Isaac Opurum, used the opportunity to call on parents to take their children within the age of 9-15 months to the nearest health facilities to be vaccinated against “meningitis A”
“The meningitis A vaccine, popularly call “Men A” is safe and free. It is very important because our children have the right to live”, he said.
Throwing more light on the vaccine, the state immunisation officer of the RSPHCMB, Dr Inwon Joseph Urang, said the vaccine was introduced because of the need to protect children against the causes of meningitis due to the wide spread nature of the organism causing the disease.
“This he said, is because Nigeria is among the countries regarded as meningitis belt,” which are prone to the disease.
He explained that although Rivers State is not among the identified 25 states that are prone to the ailment in the country, there are inherent factors that has necessitated the state’s involvement in the vaccination against meningitis.
“Rivers State is not among the 25 prone states, but due to global warming and the fact that there are no restriction of movement of people from the meningitis-prone states into the state, there is the need to vaccinate the identified category of children within the state,” Dr Urang said.

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